I was having a discussion with a friend today who, although very liberal of all issues, is somewhat middle of the street in regards to gun control. He is not against concealed carry, but does favor much more background checks – especially on sales from an exclusive individual to private individual.
He is a bit surprised that I am against this. “Why?”, he asked.
First, allow me to preface my reasoning with only a little details about me. I am no anarchist. I am not a doomsday prepper. I don’t believe we are due for a revolution, certainly not within my lifetime. I prefer having SOME government (don’t tell my anti-statist friends though). Most of these beliefs being so, I must admit that I actually do fear for the generations which come after my death (I do hope to have at the least another 40 years, which will get me into my 80s).
So back to my friend. Why do I disagree with him? Well, it’s simple. Background checks on every sale, specifically private individual to private individual, would lead to a nationwide gun registry. I am very much against having one of these.
My friend countered, very proudly I would add, that individuals must register our cars. Why not our guns? That is simple. Nowhere in the constitution does it guarantee the proper to help keep and own cars. We all caved on the licensing of cars and drivers of a 100 years ago.
Our founding fathers specifically put verbiage in the constitution allowing us to help keep and bear arms. You will find different interpretations about what they meant, but I believe at the least part of these reasoning was so that individuals could protect ourselves from a tyrannical government or those that wish to do us harm.
Do I believe our government is tyrannical? Well, nearly yet. STI STACCATO XC We are still the absolute most free nation on earth. I actually do nothing like to path our country is on, but I don’t feel it’s to late to right the ship.
Having a national gun registry would lead to forced gun buy-backs or even confiscation during some future crisis (either natural or man-made). Having our abilities to protect ourselves from criminals and/or government listed in a database will be sharing information that is much too personal.
The street to hell is paved with good intentions. Government is good at making us think that being safer (their definition) is worth stopping several rights. Forcing people everywhere to join up their private, constitutionally protected guns is a bad idea.
I can foresee that guns would even get tied to addresses where their owners no longer live. What if you moved into a home where the prior occupants had a number of guns registered and law enforcement came searching for those folks? We all know that police, a lot of them being great people, do make mistakes when their adrenaline levels are too high. Would you need your house getting shot up because the prior residents had guns listed in the registry?
During a so-called “state of emergency” you are able to bet some local, state or national governments would make a go on to take any weapons that did not reside in the hands of government personnel. It has already happened. See the video below.
I still find it none of the government’s business if I own a rifle (or guns). Yes, I need to do exactly the same background check as other people when I buy a new gun. But do you think that having a national registry would keep guns out from the hands of individuals who couldn’t pass a background check? Not just a chance. I believe you’d see a lot of gun owners reporting their guns stolen to be able to sell their guns to whomever they desire – in the same way they are able to now.
When times get bad, whose doors are agents of the government (police or military ) going to be knocking down when each goes on their gun collection binges? I’ll tell you – the door’s that are on the addresses contained in the gun registry.
While we don’t already have a government that kicks in doors and gives gas showers or firing squads to people they cannot like, we don’t know what our government can look like in 50 or 100 years. I would like my children and grandchildren to be able to defend themselves from both a tyrannical government or perhaps a homicidal maniac (I suppose they are often one and exactly the same though).
Starting a national gun registry is the first step to taking guns from people the government does not want possessing guns. Currently this type of person felons and individuals with mental problems. Who might these future gunless people be? Individuals of particular political parties? Individuals of certain economic classes? Individuals of certain religions? It has all happened throughout world history. We pretend to be the enlightened Americans but we’ve factions looking to take all our freedoms and give all the ability to the government the same as dictators of past and present we’ve all heard of.
So how exactly does this happen? We have to consider it from two avenues. First the gradual loss in gun rights for everyone through new “minor” restrictive gun laws. Second, the entire loss in gun rights for specific categories of people the government has targeted. Imagine a candle burning at both ends. Together end burns, more and more of the governments enemies are specifically forbidden to have guns. As one other end burns, more and more of the typical population are becoming the remainder of these gun rights removed as well. When the flames meet at the center we are left without guns for those who, and we’ve a government with nothing to fear. That is the nightmare of the slippery slope.